• Greg Posted: 5/16/2008 10:42pm PDT

    Paul. "If gas holds at $4.00," I see your point about $1320/$6000 differents. The problem most people have to deal with is the often changing price of gas per gallon and how much they intake over a shorter time verse that car payment that is set at a fix price over a time period in the long run. I would think that most people can handle that $6000 over the six years or what loan term they have. But if these people have to drive 10-40 miles a day one way to work and school and with the price of gas on a upward slope. It hits there bottom line alot quicker over the weeks and months.

  • Paul Buszka Posted: 5/18/2008 12:27am PDT

    I'M SURE THIS IS TOO LATE FOR ANYONE TO SEE BUT HERE GOES ANYWAY....the numbers you use in your article don't make sense. Based on the costs you cite, you are comparing a base Escape ($19,140) with an Escape hybrid ($27,445), about $8,000) different in price; though $6,000 different perhaps if you consider options on the cars. A similarly base 2008 Camry CE ($18,570; edmunds.com) costs from $5,200 to $6,700 less than a Camry hybrid ($25,200). The $1,300 difference you cite for the Camry is between a Camry LE V6 and the Camry V6--not even close to the same comparison of vehicle or mileage savings. Your mileage estimates do check out; based on the EPA conventions at fueleconomy.gov (45% highway mi, 55% city miles; 15,000 miles annually), the Escape hybrid saved 150 gal, the base Camry saved 160.
    My point--the Camry did NOT make back its investment in 2 years; it took a similar time as did the Escape! If I am correct, please acknowledge this in a future column. If not, my apologies.

  • Ed Posted: 5/19/2008 3:12pm PDT

    Paul is right. I was also surprised by Paul's inappropriate comparisons.
    Thge main point is that FEW, if any, private car owners need a hybrid. Hybrids have been marketed to private drivers, who either do few miles a year and they are mostly city, or many miles and they are mostly highway, where a diesel or an efficient gas engine are far better options.
    Hybrids are ideals for Manhattan Taxi drivers, pizza deliveries, Fedex, UPS and US mailtrucks, BUSES and other city fleets, and especially for police cars and meter maid cars that IDLE all the time, polluting the air. A Hybrid would run on its batteries most of the time in a similar situation.

  • Frank Posted: 5/20/2008 12:02pm PDT

    Both Paul and Ed are off base. No one buys a Camry CE.
    The most popular Camry is a 4 cyl LE or perhaps the XLE. To compare a Camry CE to a Hybrid is nuts. The equipment difference makes that an apples to oranges comparision.
    The same with a Prius to a Corolla. An el cheapo Corolla is no where close to the Prius in standard equipment.
    As to Diesels, don't hold your breath. With Diesel at $4.20+ per gallon in S. Jersey, and probably going north from there, very few people are going to buy a diesel.
    I recently rented a Prius in Florida, drove at the legal speeds, 70 on the interstates I used, and got 52.3. Very impressive in my mind. I did nothing special, except use cruse control whenever possible. As you may know Florida is very flat, and I did not spend much time in urbas settings.

  • Mike Posted: 4/14/2011 7:20am PDT

    Over the last two years I've driven a "Company owned" Prius putting on about 70,000 miles mostly highway. I averaged about 47 mpg with my heavy foot. Now I am looking forward to purchasing a Pruis for myself